As a mental health therapist, I treat developmental trauma, attachment and adoption. I believe self-care is essential to be fully present to support our patients.
I have over 20 years of experience working in the fields of abuse and neglect, foster care and domestic and international adoption. My integrated approach uses multiple theories and methods based on each family's unique strengths, history and challenges.
This broad approach focuses on the whole child and family and works to impact changes in schools, communities and legal consequences. I’m passionate about using neuroscience-based and relationally focused interventions.
I'm a licensed independent social worker (LISW-S), registered play therapist and supervisor, and certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics clinician. In addition to directly serving children and their families, I'm a resource for colleagues and help advance the field of child mental health through consultation and training.
I serve on the Ohio Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors. I regularly present to parents and professionals about the impact of trauma on the brain and relationships, strengthening felt security and parental attachments, regulation and the benefits of play therapy.
During my time off, I enjoy reading, music, traveling, exploring the outdoors, exercising and being with my husband and two children.